TMR Activations | Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Christopher Myers: Flags of No Nation
February 12 - March 23, 2019
The Mistake Room (TMR) is pleased to announce a new global art partnership with the Ace Hotel that will bring dynamic art activations and projects to its various properties. Our first collaboration, in LA, is Flags of No Nation, an installation by NY-based artist Christopher Myers staged in conjunction with his solo exhibition at TMR.
Myers’s practice aims to transform our understanding of globalization and the multiple realities it creates. His collaborations, with traditional shadow puppet makers in Jogjakarta, conceptual video artists in Vietnam, musicians in New Orleans, and woodcarvers in Accra, are fueled by an interest in the way that languages and cultures are borrowed and transformed across nations. At the ACE, Myers presents a selection of new banners from his ongoing series Vxllrncgnt, which draws from the hybrid visual cultures that emerged in response to British colonization in Ghana. Made in collaboration with weavers in Egypt, Myers’s works are conceived as flags for nations that have yet to be born and social structures that will never come to be. The works, while seeped in the imaginary also evoke specific local concerns of people that have been thrust into contexts that range far beyond their locality.
Flags of No Nation is organized by The Mistake Room
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Christopher Myers is an artist and maker whose work has been included in a host of exhibitions and cultural projects around the world. Myers has collaborated with silversmiths in Khartoum, conceptual video artists in Vietnam, musicians in New Orleans, woodcarvers in Accra, weavers in Luxor and many other artists who he sees as all being part of a large conversation about the movement of culture. Myers’s collaborations are fueled by an interest in the way that languages are borrowed globally and traded from South to South in order to address specific local concerns of people that have been thrust into contexts that range far beyond their locality. Myers’s work has been exhibited at PS1/MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, Prospect Biennial in New Orleans, and Contrasts Gallery in Shanghai. Myers has also curated exhibitions in Vietnam, designed theater that has travelled from PS122 in New York City to the Genocide Memorial Theater in Kigali, Rwanda, and collaborated with artist Hank Willis Thomas on a short film, Am I Going Too Fast, which premiered at Sundance. Myers participated in the Whitney Independent Studio Program. He has also written a host of essays for exhibition catalogues and for publication such as The New York Times. He is currently working on a book comparing global censorship methodologies.
Special thanks to Jennifer Gross, Stryker Matthews, and the staff at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.